HopDevil India Pale Ale | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

7,350 Ratings
HopDevil India Pale AleHopDevil India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of SuperSpy
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz brown bottle with a best by date of 04/13/2011.

A - The beer is a mostly clear, orange-amber color, with an off-white, two-finger head. The head dies down pretty quickly but a small amount of rising bubbles ensures that a nice cap of foam remains. As the head lowers it sticks to absolutely every interior surface of the glass. This doesn't just look like a good IPA, it looks like a great beer.

S - There is a hint of toast with a sweet citrusy hop aroma that really takes the show. The citrus aromas are lemon, grapefruit, and dried herbs with a bit of pine hidden in the background. I could get more descriptive but I really want to move on to drinking this beer so I'll just say that this aroma is very, very good.

T/M - The beer has an incredibly smooth medium body. This beer is almost creamy, with the perfect amount of carbonation. The immediate flavor is citrusy with ruby red grapefruit and fresh lemon. Pine is also there but the fruit is most evident. The mid-point flavor gives way to floral, herbal, and earthy hops that ride in on a magic carpet of biscuity malt. The finish is earthy, a little spicy and dry. It seems like with every other sip I'm finding some new element to the hop flavors. This is definitely a beer that will keep you coming back.

D - Drink this beer. I always wondered if this beer was really as good as all the hype claimed. I have to say that although the hype is really high, there is a reason for it, and this is a very well executed IPA.

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Photo of generallee
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The label lists the abv at 6.7% and it gives a nice description of the beer. No freshness date is listed.

Appearance: The body is clear with a deep orange amber glow. On top I got two fingers of light beige foam. This head has good retention and manages to keep a thin covering to the last sip and make some nice sticky and slick lacing on the glass.

Smell: In the nose I pick up notes of lemony citrus and pine floral hops with a deep sweet and malty underline character.

Taste/Palate: I get the same lemony citrus and pine like hop notes from the nose. They are up front and center on the tongue with a rich bready and brown sugary sweet malty backbone. Firm herbal hop bitterness slowly builds up on the tongue and slowly fades back off into the long finish. It has a solid medium body with a smooth feel and balanced carbonation.

Notes: This beer works a nice balancing act with supportive malt sweetness and hop flavor/bitterness. Very well done!!!

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Photo of JayS2629
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a beautiful dark copper with nice clarity and a one finger off white head that fades fast but leaves beautiful creamy walls of lace. Wish it had more retention.

The smell is fainter than expected. Mild but dominate hops. Sweet malt is not covered up. Nice balance. Pine and floral accents with a grassy and slightly citrus presense. A little lemon zest.

The taste is more hoppy than the smell. On the bitter end, but not extremely. Grapefruit and pine are in there with some floral and grassy elements too. Malt plays background music here but overall its balanced nicely for the style. Mild on the hops for the style which makes it very drinkable.

Its on the dry and bitter side with a slight watery character. Some of the flavors are muted and become hints. There is a bitter aftertaste that is medicinal like asprin.

Awesome for the style. On the dry end of a hoppy beer. Enjoyable. Easy to drink. Not my favorite of the style.

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Photo of knm
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When I started the pour it looked really light, but once in the glass in darkened to a smooth amber. The medium brown head dissipated quickly and left heavy lacing.
The smell of this beer is grand, not the typical sour hops variety. This is actually one of the sweetest IPA's I have ever sniffed!
The taste is quite smooth also, nothing popping to hard. Good hops immediately, with nice caramel undertones. A little piney twang as well.

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Photo of billiambomb
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark amber color pour with very light head volume

S. Wonderful strawberry accent and mix fruit note (a lighter version of Founders - Double trouble). Good amount of hop fragrance.

T: Good balanced flavor, light sweetness in the beginning and a gradual light bitter finish.

M: Subtle dry grapefruit like mouth feel at the end.

D: An overall delicious drinkable beer.

Serve type: Bottle in a Stella Artois glass

Overall: Very good beer and at a very reasonable price for the amount of hops flavor. Definitely one for IPA/hop lovers to try. Also pairs well with snacks (chips and peanuts).

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Photo of Soonami
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was not really sure how to rate HopDevil since this is from a growled of cask beer, but I think this beer is more representative of the beer on cask. I don't know how many tmrw I've had hopdevil, but each for some reason I get surprised by how good it is compared to the big west coast IPAs I've been drinking. The beer is definitely redder than most Ca IPAs meaning it has more caramel and toasty malt flavors. The hops though really sing, they have a rich woody and earthy edge, probably from the cask dry hopping, and it is just a strong manly flavor. If they made a cologne from this beers bouquet I would buy it. It has the citrus peel, freah cut grass, and damp oak leaf thing going one. The malt sweetness and crackery toast provide the perfect counter balance to the beer. Even though the beer was definitely undercarbed it still had great texture and wasn't the least bit syrupy. Really great

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Photo of patriot76
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a pint glass

A- Deep reddish in color with a 2 finger head that is dense and stands up well. Nice amount of bubbles from the bottom as you see through the beer. Top notch lacing.

S- Deep malt and subtle floral hops are perfectly balanced in the nose. Citrus and a little alcohol in nose as well along with pine notes.

T- This full bodied IPA dominates your palate with a very nice balance of citrus, malt and piney floral hops. Very intense, yet smooth if that makes sense. Nice bitterness throughout that lingers perfectly. I really like this brew. The best all around American IPA I've had.

M- Surprsingly a creamy mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

D- This I would have to say is the most well balanced American IPA I've had. It is extemely drinkable due to the fact that the malt lingers with the hops at the end...no cotton mouth here. Some other brewers should take notes, outstanding.

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Photo of nickshep7
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Two finger deep off-white head w/ nice retention, very nice. The Base of the beer is a strong amber color. Fresh Bread and nutty oils on the smell. Nice balance between hops and malt on the mouth. Taste is ver similar to the smell. This brew reminds me a bit of a more drinkable version of DFH 90. Overall, I like this brew and will seek it out again. By no means blowing me a away, but solid...

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Photo of PDXHops
3.35/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. See-thru amber with a generous cap of creamy foam that sticks around for a bit, settling into a thick skim. Nice lacing up top that quickly peters out a half inch down.

Grapefruit zest and flesh aromas put up a strong fight to get through plentiful bready and sweet malts. Impressive assortment of hop flavors- spicy, pungent, earthy and citrusy at once. Quite bitter, too. It's a bit boozy and the malt profile is a little heavy for my taste, mainly bready and toasty (oddly the lingering flavors are chiefly toasted malt, not hops

Overall impression: Not bad, but not memorable.

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Photo of bgildea
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice amber color with a small pure white head.

S: Smells as you'd think a beer called "Hop Devil" would smell - Hoppy. Slight hints of barley in the background.

T: Really nice flavor. Starts off with a slight sweet taste with hints of hops in the background. The flavor progresses into a strong hoppy aftertaste which lingers nicely.

M: Decent amount of chew for an American IPA. Pleasantly surprising.

D: The beer is very drinkable. If you're a hop lover, you'll love this beer.

Overall: The beer is very good. The nice sweet flavor up front really balances well with the beer's strong hop flavor. If you're a hop-head, I highly recommend trying this one - You won't be disappointed.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass.

It's a dark caramel color, clear with a finger worth of white head. There is a little creamy lacing and the retention is okay.

It's hoppy as it should be... more of a citrus hop flavor as opposed to a piney west coast IPA.

The flavor is similar... a little malt balance in there too almost like an APA. It's a good beer, an easy drinking IPA for sure.

It's not as bold as I was hoping for something called HopDevil, but I'm still a fan.

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Photo of Mit
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Literally stunned when I realized I hadn't reviewed this before. One of my favs for sure.

a-pours a clear dark amber colour. Head no lasting too long...could be my glassware.

s-nice citrus hops evened out by some sweeter malt flavours

t-hops come to the front right away. Very slight malt flavours come to the rescue to balance this beer. Very nice.

m-solid for abv..heavier in keeping with 6+ %

d-dangerously so....don't walk after having about six of these...LOL

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep reddish amber, foamy 2.5 finger head with thick lacing

S - Decent amount of piney hops with some nice sweet malt in the background. Almost a bit of grape in the scent.

T - A decent hop character but nothing fantastic. Certainly expecting something more foward, almost a tad weak. Hops fade quickly into some roasted malt. After a few sips the balance seemed to come out a little more.

M - Decent amount of carbonation. The overall mouthfeel is a bit thin, actually.

D - Goes down very smooth. Incredibly drinkable. It wouldn't be hard to put a few of these down.

Overall, it was a pretty decent IPA, but I felt like something was missing. In a way it was a little weak for my tastes. Again, a good beer, just not fantastic.

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium copper color w/ a one finger white head. The head quickly goes down to a sliver. The smell is that of hops, w/ a little malt.. Also getting a little citrus smell as well, maybe lemon peel? The taste of this beer does the name proud. Massive hop flavor, but also a pretty good malt presence as well. Great lacing on the glass, one of the better I've seen. Very dry finish on this beer, and the aftertaste doesn't last a real long time. This is a solid beer. Maybe not my favorite IPA, but I would probably pick this one up again.

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Photo of jault52
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best by date of April 16th poured into a tulip.

Pours a nice clear amber with good lacing.

My nose has been ruined lately by all the Hopslam and Double Trouble, but I still pick up some mild hop aroma and malt.

With a name like HopDevil I was expecting more up front, but I really like the finish. Very smooth sweet malty finish with hoppy bitterness coming through at the very end.

Very easy to drink. I could easily drink a number of these in the course of a night. Solid offering.

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a super clear brow/amber with white head that mostly fades but leaves some lacing.

The smell is pine with sweet funky bread. Kind of a weird smell I cant fully figure out.

The taste is very bitter with a little malt coming in on the back for a quick second. The bitter destroys your taste buds pretty quick with not much malt to balance (awesome).

This beer really hit the spot!

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Photo of rjochman
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear brownish copper color with a half inch of off white head that lasts a while. Leaves a small amount of lacing that dissipates quickly. Good creamy and hop flavor. Citrus tones and flavors aren't overpowering and are well balanced. Doesn't have a heavy body, with medium carbonation and has a very smooth finish. Very drinkable IPA.

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Photo of Fenris244
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark redish amber in color, hazy thin head, good retention. Thick bubbly lace, just after the head receded the lace is already clinging to the glass.

Green apple, citrus and hops come through well, Pine and solvent aromas are also present

This beer certainly leads with it's hops, sweet citrus flavors and a pleasant but muted malt flavor in the finish, bitterness lasts well into the finish as well and lingers for quite a while.

Crisp and refreshing, light in body, very drinkable I could easily have 3-5 in a night and not think much of it. Really tasty and an extremely solid beer.

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Photo of heebes
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

Pours a clear dark golden amber with a three finger off white foamy head. Nose is plentiful hops; citrus, grapefruit, floral auroma. Taste is bitter on the palate, caramel malts balance out the now piney tasting hops. Medium bodied, smooth mouthfeel. An easy drinking IPA deserving of a visit.

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Photo of sendsilk
3.05/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

$2.49 for a single 12 oz. at ABC

Allright, lets go ahead and give this bitch a whirl. I must warn you that in the past 3 days I have had Hopslam, Nugget Nectar and Jai Alai and I am not normally an IPA drinker.

A- Pours a nice clean dark orange. Pretty good looking for an IPA.

S- Not so much. The previous 3 I mentioned assaulted you with hop smell...always reminds me of a brew day...this one assaults you with bubbles you have to stick your nose in to try and get the "promised hoppiness"

T- Actually pretty clean. By no means the blast that other big IPA's carry but it delivers clean and crisp but subtle hops. I don't know, with the Nugget Nectar and the Hopslam I'm under the impression that you gotta 'drink this now!!' as the IBU's are gonna fade rather quickly. There is no push to get this brew out to people so I think that this could sit for a while and be the same...or maybe it already has sat a while for all I know.

M- good, like other nice IPA's (I guess, since I really don't drink them)

D- Not bad. I would not go out of my way for it, but considering it is available everywhere here in Florida and Victory is usually pretty solid, I would pick it up again. But for $11 a sicer I would probably get a Jai Alai since it is the loacl brew.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured an amberish orange with yellow highlights and had a half finger of bubbly head leaving a little lacing sticking to the glass. the aroma did have some good hoppy piney notes alongside caramel, sweetness from the malts and hints of citrus. the hop profile was much better on the palate with citrus caramel accents but had piney grassy notes and a touch of tangerine. the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, citrusy, piney, mild hoppy finish. drank really good and enjoyed paired with some BBQ chicken while watching the steelers get the their ass's handed to them in the super bowl.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single 12oz bottle for a night-cap at Olive Tree Market here in OB for $1.99 and poured it into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a clean copper hue with a light effervescence, a decent head that lingers, leaving solid lacing from start to finish.

S: Sweet carmel nougat, toasted grains and earthy malts, finishing with just a hint of grassy hop, but falling well short of a solid IPA - coming across much more like a well done Pale and less like a well hopped IPA.

T: Similar to the nose - reminds me a lot of some of the fresh hop pale ales you see released around the fall - very fresh and tasty with some nice hop in the mix, but dominated by sweet toasted malt and cereal grain. Don't get me wrong - there's a nice earthy/grassy hop presence, but with a name like "Hop Devil", one would expect the hop to be dominant and not just a part of the mix.

M: Medium-bodied, slightly sticky and creamy with a good carbonation for the style.

D: All-night drinker and definitely the beer's greatest attribute. The light, yet noticeable hop makes for a tasty beer that you can post up on all night.

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Photo of Arinthos
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A- clear orange color with decent head and mild carbonation.

s- citrus fruits ( grapefruit ) hoppy.

T- I am a bit biased on this on as I drink Dipa's regularly. I felt for this style it was very hoppy the citrus smell really carried through. moderate bitterness and dry aftertaste.

M- Very smooth.

D- could def drink a decent amount easily. Very refreshing and a bitterness that makes you want to drink more and more.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A golden orange, with lots of head and average amount of lace on glass for an IPA.

S - Pine and citrusy hops. It's an IPA, no doubt.

T - It starts off sweet from the malts, and then the bitter hops kick in, but it has a very smooth finish. Grapefruit aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied.

D - Very high. It is so smooth!

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Photo of samyoung
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory makes some excellent brews - this review has been a long time coming.

A - Bold reddish, orange.
S - Fruit with pine.
T - Tinny hops taste with pine and citrus notes.
M - Adds a nice coating.
D - Unique and refreshing; very drinkable.

Nice IPA effort from Victory. Seems to be a standard east coast style: high on the hops with little citrus goodness.

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HopDevil India Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.06 out of 5 based on 7,350 ratings.
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